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SSIS Announces New School Director

September, 2015
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updated-pic-of-tan-thong-howethe-head-of-ssisEmbracing the new school year, Tan Thong Howe is announced as the new School Director of Shanghai Singapore International School (SSIS).

Tan joined SSIS in 2012. He has worked in both SSIS Minhang and Xuhui Campuses and has held various leadership positions in the academic and operations divisions.

“I am extremely excited and humbled at the same time, to be given the responsibility to lead the school forward,” says the new Director. “This position is a call to educational stewardship. Every day, the school ensures that we provide our students with the best possible learning environment to excel and be ready to face the real world when they leave us. I am blessed to have a team of dedicated principals and teachers who always put the students as the centre in all that we do.”

SSIS has been established for 20 years in Shanghai. SSIS is not "just another international school" in Shanghai. It prides itself on its Singaporean ethos and brand of education, while embracing diversity and valuing everyone.

Tan says certain core beliefs will not change through time at SSIS: “Students remain the focus while teachers will always be the key. Hence, it is extremely important to be sure that we are preparing our students for life, not just for the examinations. Key skills like critical thinking and problem solving must be nurtured in the students’ time in SSIS so that they can excel in university and beyond. Professional development of teachers will also be a critical piece for us, as educators must always stay abreast with the latest developments in the educational arena. Ultimately, the students will benefit in the process.”

“The philosophy of the school is the holistic development of each child that comes into SSIS. Therefore, through carefully designed programs in the school, students should be able to excel in their own ways and at their own pace. Achieving good grades in examinations is very important, but should not be the only reason the school exists. At SSIS, beyond grades, we expect our students to put our core values of initiative, care, communication, compassion, commitment and collaboration into action every day. A values-driven education is the education of this century and I believe we will continue to excel under this model.”

 

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